A familiar foe awaits Canada in the final of the CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 championship. Having tied 1:1 in the group phase, both teams will be aware of the other’s tactics. While Canada will attempt to use its ball possession to create chances, Haiti will sit back, absorbing pressure, in an attempt to counter.
It’s a clash of styles familiar to soccer fans around the world. The key for Canada is patience. The Team has shown, throughout the tournament, that it has the quality to break down opponents. “I hope the country gets excited by the players we have on the pitch,” said Head Coach Bev Priestman. “We have the quality; now is the time to show that we also have the passion.”
Both teams have already shown spirit in reaching the final. This will be their sixth game in 12 days. And during this span, a field of 16 has been narrowed to just two.
Regardless of what happens, Priestman says she’s proud of her players. “They have grown throughout this tournament. We brought them here to learn, to experience new styles of play and see what it’s like to be in a competitive international environment.”
Tonight’s match is a chance to display the strength of Canada’s development system. It’s also an opportunity for players to show their quality and for Canadians to potentially become familiar with the next generation of stars.